How Can a Girl With Glasses Properly Apply Eyeliner?

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How Can a Girl With Glasses Properly Apply Eyeliner?
Applying eyeliner when you wear glasses takes practice. (glasses image by anna karwowska from

Many women who wear glasses don't wear eyeliner because they don't think it can't be seen behind glasses. In many cases, the opposite is true: Eyeliner tends to look magnified behind glasses. When using eyeliner, you must be careful with the application. Smudges will be more noticeable if you wear glasses. The magnification of glasses can distort the size of your eyes. Glasses correcting nearsightedness tend to make your eyes appear smaller, while glasses for farsightedness make them look larger.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Stand at a mirror in both natural and artificial light and assess the appearance of your eyes, with the glasses on and with them off. Determine whether your eyes appear smaller or larger with the glasses, and ask yourself what you want to accomplish through the use of eyeliner: Do you want your eyes to look bigger or smaller? How do you want to enhance the shape of your eyes?

  2. 2

    Analyse the size, shape, and colour of your eyeglass rims. Generally, for bold and colourful eyeglass frames, you should keep eyeliner subdued, applying a thin amount along the top lash line.

  3. 3

    Apply eyeliner according to the type of glasses and its magnification effects, and also according to how you want the eyeliner to modify the appearance of your eyes. If you want your eyes to appear larger, apply eyeliner around the perimeter of your eye and do not smudge the line. You can also apply a white highlighter around the perimeter of the eye under or over the eyeliner to make the eyes appear larger. To make eyes appear smaller, try using a small amount of eyeliner and gently smudging the line.

Tips and warnings

  • Dark circles underneath the eyes appear more noticeable when wearing glasses. To counteract this, you can apply under-eye concealer. This can also help to soak up residue at the end of the day when you eyeliner starts flaking off and causes smudges.
  • Small-rimmed glasses often draw attention to the eyebrows. Keep your eyebrows groomed regularly to enhance the appearance of your eyeliner. (See References 1)
  • Eyeglass wearers often have red marks where the glasses rest on the sides of the nose. You can apply foundation to these areas to counteract this problem. (See References 1)
  • When applying make-up, you may want to note the light source and how it affects your glasses. For example, if you will be spending the majority of time outside, apply and assess the appearance of your eyeliner and glasses in natural light.

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